Journal Activity #17: Design Specifications/Criteria

Now that you have set your goal, defined the global context for your project and started your research – you need to transfer this into criteria for the success for your project.
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You will need to refer back to the specification throughout the project, particularly when developing ideas and evaluating the solution. The following table demonstrates poor and good examples of design specifications. Remember that these should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and testable.

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Before you begin writing your own criteria, review the sample specifications worksheet below.

The table below outlines the assessment description for strand i in Criterion B, where you’ll be assessed on developing your own criteria.

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Journal Activity #17: Design Specifications

Journal Activity #18: Action Planning
The purpose of the action plan is for you to organize and outline each step necessary to complete each part of the process in order to meet your goal. Using a calendar is very helpful to backward plan from important due dates. Some questions to consider include:

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In your process journal create a timeline with short term and long term planning and notes to plan your Personal Project. Your timeline needs to include the following:
  • Due dates for each segment of the Personal Project
  • Meetings with supervisor (check the Design 10 calendar on the wiki site at
  • Research collection and analysis
  • Incremental stages for the completion of your product/outcome
  • Draft of report
  • Final copy of report
  • Submission of whole personal project – process journal, report and product/outcome.
As you progress through the creation of your project, ensure you document your progress and how you are keeping to your plan in your process journal. Refer back to your research plan in journal Activity#12 to complete your action plan. You can review ahead to phases 3-5 on the wiki site ( to see the tasks/steps coming up for each phase, and add steps/actions appropriately to plan accordingly. Some key due dates that should be on your action plan have been pre-filled on the sample below, however you need to also add your own tasks in-between to complete your project. Make sure to come back and check the last column as you complete each step/action.

You can copy and complete the Journal #18 template below for your action plan using Google docs. Each step must have a proposed due date and marked completed as you move along with the project to complete each step.

The table below outlines the assessment description for strand i in Criterion B, where you’ll be assessed on your ability to plan.

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Journal Activity #18: Action Plan

Journal Activity #19: Gantt Chart

A Gantt chart is a useful tool to help you organize your tasks and manage your time. It is a popular tool that is used in projects to show activities (tasks and action steps) displayed against time. It is a tool you can use to demonstrate your time-management skills, as described in criterion B, strand iii below.

Using the actions steps/tasks you created in your research and action plans, organize your tasks in chronological order on the Gantt chart. An Excel template is available in the Google drive folder at, however you may use the printed worksheet provided in this packet. On the left of the chart is a list of the tasks and along the top is a suitable time scale. Each task is represented by a bar; the position and length of the bar reflects the start date, duration and end date of the task. This allows you to see at a glance:
ü What the various tasks are
ü When each task begins and ends
ü How long each task is scheduled to last
ü Where tasks overlap with other tasks, and by how much
ü The start and end date of the whole project
To summarize, a Gantt chart shows you what has to be done (the tasks) and when (the schedule). Below is a sample Gantt chart.

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  1. Begin by adding all the tasks/action steps from your research plan and action plan in the task column of your Gantt chart in chronological order.
  2. Indicate the start and end dates of each task by shading in the appropriate weeks for when you plan to complete each task. You may use different colors for each task, or group of tasks.
  3. Remember that you will need to submit your product, report and process journal to your design teacher on March 1, 2018!
  4. Place the Gantt chart inside your process journal and refer to it as you complete your project to stay on task.

The table below outlines the assessment description for strand i in Criterion B, where you’ll be assessed on your self-management
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Journal Activity #19: Gantt Chart

Journal Activity #20: Student Self-Assessment

In order to make sure you are on track for your Personal Project, evaluate your progress in Criteria areas A & B on the Personal Project student-self assessment worksheet.

For each criterion, indicate your score by writing it in the comments/reflection section, write the rationale for your score. The task-specific criterion is included in the worksheet to help you with your scoring. Be honest and specific in your responses, and be prepared to discuss and explain your responses with your mentor. Any trouble you have responding to the following statements or low achievement level in any criteria may indicate an area on which you need to focus.

An Excel template is available below, however you may use the printed worksheet provided by your teacher. Place the completed worksheet in your process journal

Journal Activity #20: Student Self Assessment (Criteria A & B)

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